How Do You Fix Wet Suede?

Wet suede can usually be fixed with the help of a few simple tools, including a dry cloth, suede eraser and a brush. While some serious stains may require professional care, the process of restoring most wet suede is relatively easy.

  1. Allow the suede to dry

    Absorb any excess moisture using a dry towel or cloth, and leave the suede to dry naturally. This process can take up to 24 hours, so it is important to be patient and to ensure that it is fully dry before continuing.

  2. Clean any watermarks

    Once the suede is fully dry, use a suede eraser to help remove markings caused by the water. Suede erasers are typically inexpensive and are available in many shoe stores, drug stores and local retailers. Simply rub the affected area with the eraser until the marks are removed, but be careful not to damage the suede by rubbing too hard.

  3. Restore the texture

    The raised fibers in suede products are commonly referred to as the nap, which must be restored to return the suede to its natural look. Use a suede brush or a clean toothbrush to repair the damage to the nap. Lightly brushing the affected area in a circular motion helps raise the nap to restore its original appearance.